Speaking with Rolling Stone, Taylor discussed House of Gold and Bones Part One, which will arrive October 23. By all accounts, that narrative spine has stayed intact.
"Each song tells a different part of the story, but it's so unique unto itself," Taylor said. "That was one of the things we really wanted to go for; we didn't want to do a batch of tunes that all sound alike. We wanted to make sure each song had its own soul, basically."
Part Two right now is slated for a May release, although that's subject to change. But what does seem set in stone is that the two albums will be complemented by a series of comic books that illustrate the albums' storyline, which was inspired by a short story Taylor wrote.
House of Gold and Bones is the first Stone Sour album since 2010's Audio Secrecy, which dealt frankly with Taylor's divorce and subsequent marriage. While these new discs might be less overtly autobiographical, it appears that the subject matter will again be intensely emotional. It will also be the first music Taylor has recorded since the death of Slipknot bandmate Paul Gray. No doubt reviewers and fans alike will be listening for lyrics that may address Gray's passing within the albums' songs.
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